Holiday decorations along 45th St? You decide!

Colleen Kurke wrote to tell us that the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce will be cleaning up the streets and tree pits along 45th St. later in the week, in preparation for the holiday, and the rainy/wet season. But rather than covering expenses for putting up lights along 45th during the holiday season, the Chamber has decided instead to place emphasis on donating food to the FamilyWorks Food Bank. Still, though, it might be nice to have some sort of decoration along 45th St. during the holidays, don’t you think?

Here’s where you fit in: The Chamber is open to suggestions on creative ways to decorate 45th St. for the holidays. “We want to do something at low cost with no carbon foot print,” Colleen adds. There are 25 trees on 45th that could potentially be decorated.

If anyone has some ideas, please drop Colleen an email at:

  1. Colleen Kurke said,

    Can someone please donate waste containers for the debris PLEASE?

    Thu, November 29 at 5:27 pm
  2. Barb said,

    Colleen needs people to donate their empty (preferably large) yard waste containers to accept what is cleaned up. You’re paying for the yard waste, anyway, so if you have some room – save the ‘hood the expense of paying to have it hauled away.

    Thu, November 29 at 6:26 pm
  3. KimberlyC said,

    I would be happy to lend the use of my container. When and where?

    Thu, November 29 at 7:42 pm
  4. yesyes said,

    well, if they let some of us know when the clean up is some may be willing to help. I am a sub teacher.. sometimes I am free all day or half day of after middle school by 3.

    Thu, November 29 at 8:13 pm
  5. Jon Berkedal said,

    I would suggest that perhaps school children may be able to be involved in decorating the trees in some way. Wish I was more creative and able to suggest how……

    Fri, November 30 at 8:53 am
  6. Barb said,

    I have a stash of old CDs and foil juice pouches that can be made into sparkly (recycled) tree ornaments. Who wants to volunteer some students? I’m sure I can get some crafty kids from JSIS.

    Fri, November 30 at 9:00 am
  7. Debbi said,

    We’ve been talking amongst some of the Chamber members, that it would be nice to at least have the businesses put white lights in there windows. We are doing that down here with Tutta Bella at Seattle Bank. If they are LED lights they don’t take much power so you could leave them on at night. It would make the dark nights brighter!

    Fri, November 30 at 9:19 am
  8. Stephen Hebert said,

    Might be worth checking pinterest for smart craft ideas.

    Fri, November 30 at 9:57 am
  9. Buster G. said,

    A cost-free and non-carbon-producing way to improve the appearance of 45th street for the holidays – or any other time – is to remove the ugly advertising sign boards that lltter our sidewalks.

    Fri, November 30 at 10:32 am
  10. colleen said,

    Thanks for the great suggestions! First things first we need yard waste containers for this weekends clean up. I’m not sure how this will work…… how about this, the bags of leaves will be on the corners from 45th and Bagley to Stone and 45th. Those of you that want to help can come by and pick them up late afternoon Sat and Sunday and Monday. We are cleaning the sidewalks and tree pits and flower beds. If that doesnt work you can drop the containers off at CUTZ Meridian 4515 Meridian Ave N. This will save the Wallingford Chamber money and hassel of going to the dump. :)
    Secondly Adopting a Tree is a great idea! Who can help? Barb has a great idea recycled tree ornaments. They have withstand rain wind and ,,,, well who knows what our weather will do in December. Contact me and I will have Barb contact you.
    Now this what I call “community” Thanks!

    Fri, November 30 at 11:01 am
  11. Brian said,

    How about Adopt-A-Tree for the holidays? A family, organization, group of friends, etc. decorate a tree in their own creative way perhaps with certain guidelines. To start with it could be first come, first served and in future years when it becomes so popular (one can hope, right?), trees could be assigned by lottery. Too ambitious?

    Fri, November 30 at 12:19 pm
  12. Barb said,

    Great idea, Brian! Could we get the cleanup debris in paper yard waste bags so they can go right into the yard waste carts? The black plastic bags used last year generated a lot of unnecessary garbage. I would think that biodegradable waste bags would be standard in Seattle.

    Fri, November 30 at 1:10 pm
  13. kara said,

    I love the idea of adopt a tree. The person who adopts the tree could decorate it and also un-decorate it after the holidays, which would leave the responsibilities to the adoptee, very low maintenance to the neighborhood! Our family would love to adopt a tree.

    And we have a few paper yeard waste bags we could donate for the holiday clean up.

    Fri, November 30 at 1:29 pm
  14. yesyes said,

    soo when is the flower bed clean up so people can help? sat ofr sunday is a bit vague

    Fri, November 30 at 4:58 pm
  15. paulschurr said,

    Firefly Tutoring would like to adopt a tree! We’ll get the kids to come up with some creative decorations. It sounds like fun!

    Sat, December 1 at 8:06 am
  16. Barb said,

    APP @ Lincoln wants to adopt a tree for each grade level at their school, looking for trees between Stone and Interlake (or nearby). JSIS will take some trees near Latona.

    Sat, December 1 at 8:24 am
  17. Barb said,

    Anyone who wants to adopt a tree can email Barb Burrill: [email protected]

    I’m keeping track of requests made in these comments.

    Thanks, everyone!

    Sat, December 1 at 8:25 am
  18. Colleen Kurke said,

    Clean up starts a 10:15 Meet at Wallingford Crnter plaza. Pls bring your own tools.

    Sat, December 1 at 9:07 am
  19. colleen said,

    Hi Wallingford! Please help me out today! The PAPER bags are on the corners from 45th and Stone to 45th and Bagley. If you pick them up and put in your yard waste container that would be awesome!

    Sat, December 1 at 12:01 pm
  20. colleen said,

    Well some little elves picked up the the majority of the bags! I collected 3.
    I see on recent posts there’s someone that will come and get bagged leaves. Awesome!
    Tomorrow we will be doing the beds on 45th., The paper yard waste bags dont do well in the rain. Tomorrow we will have to use plastic I’m afraid.
    Please contact [email protected] To adopt a tree on 45th!
    Thanks Jordan and Margaret for this great community resourse!
    Happy Holiday Wallingford!

    Sat, December 1 at 3:28 pm
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